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Tech News Today 139: Send the FCC Waffles

by TWiT

Published December 16, 2010


Nexus S rooted and delayed, Yahoo kills my favorite sites, turn in bad drivers to their insurance agents.


Run time 43:10
Producer TWiT
Audio/Visual sound, color
Language English


Credits

Tom Merritt
Kirsten Sanford
Jason Howell

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Topics

Nexus S has been rooted, let the madness commence!

Following Layoffs, Yahoo Cuts Products: MyBlogLog, Delicious, Yahoo Buzz [1]

Three-quarters of downloads are illegal – BPI
-BPI: 1.2 billion illegal music downloads in 2010 a record
-MasterCard willing to cut off pirate sites

An old fashioned Wikileaks roundup
-Congress Hears WikiLeaks Is ‘Fundamentally Different’ From Media
-Wikileaks: Assange released
-Scotland Yard Has Been After Anonymous for Months
-Anonymous Wikileaks activists move to analogue tactics

Discussion Stories

Old fogies catching up on social networking, online video
Blogging ‘Peaks,’ But Reports of Its Death Are Exaggerated

Broadband prices dropping around the world, but not US

Big Brotheresque App Kills Your Automotive Anonymity

Facial recognition comes to Facebook photo tags
The new Facebook Fan pages are live. No tabs, cleaner interface and more features.


News Fuse

Wikileaks cables released overnight revealed that intelligence agents discussed how Israel was preparing to take down Iran's nuclear program. Meanwhile a German computer consultant told the Jerusalem Post that Stuxnet has set back the Islamic Republic's nuclear program by two years.Some suspect Israel's Unit 8200, known for its advanced Signal Intelligence as Stuxnet's creator.

French ministers passed a bill that allows the government to add any website to a black list, which ISPs will have to enforce. This black list will be defined by the government only, without requiring the intervention of the legal system. The bill originally was meant to go after pedophilic sites but has been left so wide open that many fear the government could censor the French Internet as it wishes.

Google has updated the Windows beta version of its Chrome browser to add several features it showed off at the recent Chrome OS event, including Google Instant in the omnibox and Adobe's Flash Player plug-in in the Google sandbox. This beta release will also include WebGL for hardware-accelerated 3D graphics. The features will be added to the Mac and Linux versions in future releases.

A recent survey conducted by market research firm ChangeWave asked 1,641 IT buyers about their companies' tablet usage. 7 percent of respondents said their company provides employees with a tablet--up 1 percent from August. Of that group, 82 percent had received theiPad. 11 percent got the HP slate Hewlett-Packard Slate and 7 percent the Dell Streak. iPad users also ranked as most satisfed.

Google has made a huge database drawn from nearly 5.2 million digitized books available to the public for free downloads and online searches. The database contains 500 billion words that are from books published between 1800 and 2000 in English, French, Spanish, German, Chinese, Russian and Hebrew. You can search the database yourself at http://ngrams.googlelabs.com/

Google lets you search by reading level

Spanish gamer site NicaGamerz.com reports it's now legal to sell the PS3 Jailbreak modchip in Spain Apparently the ruloing rested partly on the fact that Sony removed the ability to run Linux on the console. The legal ruling was made on the 13th December. Sony has until December 18th to appeal. Maybe Spanish PS3 users will get a Linux install option in their firmware before then.

At a recent investor conference, Intel disclosed that the first Sandy Bridge processors will be quad core, going live in January, followed in February by more mainstream dual-core chips. OEMs will show off the quad-core machines at CES the first week of January, but showing off the more mainstream machines that early could undermine holiday sales now.

Round 4, DING! Nokia has filed 13 more patent infringement claims against Apple, this time in courts in the UK, Germany and the Netherlands. Nokia kicked off the battle in October 2009 claiming Apple violated 10 patents, Apple countersued and then extended the action accusing Nokia of infringing more of its patents. Earlier Nokia claims covered alleged patent infringements of 3G and wi-fi.

Kickers and Weird Science

Researchers Use Wireless To Study How Flu Spreads

Calendar

Opera 11 now available with extensions, tab stacks
Mac App Store Opens For Business on January 6
New iMac and MacBook Pros coming in 2011?
Humble Indie Bundle 2: pay what you like for 5 great indie games, support EFF and Child's Play!
Google App Inventor opens up access to everyone, clings on to beta tag


Voicemail

Mark from Tampa: Gawker leak and Hulu?


Email

"Apparently during the first day of deliberations on net neutrality, AT&T went through the FCC offices and handed out 1,530 cupcakes to FCC employees. They cost $29 a dozen, for a total of $3,703. AT&T claims it's tradition. Honestly, if that's all it costs to bribe the FCC, maybe we should get people to donate a fund for gift baskets?

http://www.minyanville.com/dailyfeed/leaked-document-reveals-cupcakes-as/?camp=syndication

Doug from VA"


"Hey Tom and TNT Crew

Jon From Adelaide Australia here just wanting to make a comment about Ep. 138 in which you were stating the problems with Mobile carriers charging for different content such as facebook.

Over here our carriers already do this but they do it in a different way. The Carrier I am with 3 Mobile offers free facebook, twitter, linkedin, and foursquare data (Amongst others) with all plans. If you want to go outside of these data areas the you need to use your included data or purchase additional data plans.

There are similar deals with other carriers such as Vodafone and Optus, this does not occur with Telstra which is our biggest provider however.

Hopefully this might be what your carriers are looking in to.


Jon ""The Student"" Adelaide Australia"

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